Review: The Shape of Us by Lisa Ireland

November 21, 2017 | The Shape of Us by Lisa Ireland is published by Macmillan and is available now.. RRP $29.99 (Trade), $6.99 (ebook)

This book is, on the surface, a book about four women (Jewels, Mezz, Ellie and Kat) who have joined a weight loss program (WON). Look a little deeper and it's about much more than that. The program includes a compulsory online forum where participation (including weight check-in) is expected. Th...

Review: Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

November 10, 2017 | Turtles All the Way Down is published by Penguin, RRP $27.99 (Hardback)

For a many people, I suspect this book will be a hard read, but not because of the writing itself. The main character Aza, suffers from mental illness, manifesting in extreme anxiety, germ phobia and thought spirals than run out of control. As the story is told from her point of view the depicti...

Review: The Mummy Bloggers by Holly Wainright

September 25, 2017 | The Mummy Bloggers by Holly Wainright is published by Allen and Unwin. RRP $29.99, available now.

You don’t have to be a blogger or a mum to enjoy THE MUMMY BLOGGERS by Holly Wainright. Anyone with access to social media will get a kick out of this for-our-times novel (and let’s face it, you are here, reading my review on the magical internet, so you’re going to relate and you’re goi...

Review: How To Stop Time by Matt Haig

September 6, 2017 | How To Stop Time is published by Canongate. Available now, RRP $29.99

I’m going to admit straight up that I have put off writing this review, not because I didn’t like HOW TO STOP TIME, but because I adored it. It’s one of the best books I’ve ever read and will go on my all-time favourites list where it will reside forever. And because of this I want to wr...

Interview: Dianne Maguire on Writing and Real Life Inspiration

August 15, 2017 | Things We Cannot See is published by Harper Collins. Ebook available now, RRP $5.99.

Today I am excited to have Dianne Maguire on the blog, to talk about her wonderful second novel THINGS WE CANNOT SEE. You can read my review of Dianne's debut novel, WHAT MATTERS MOST, here.  Dianne Maguire is a social worker turned novelist with over 20 years’ experience in child welfa...

Review: Beautiful Messy Love by Tess Woods

July 20, 2017 | Beautiful Messy Love by Tess Woods is published by Harper Collins. RRP$29.99, available July 24th

BEAUTIFUL MESSY LOVE is the second novel by award winning Perth based author, Tess Woods. You can read my review of her debut novel, LOVE AT FIRST FLIGHT here. Lily is a bit of a mess, struggling with her medical studies, mostly because she hasn’t worked out how she fits into the world of d...

Review: Dear Banjo by Sasha Wasley

July 19, 2017 | Dear Banjo by Sasha Wasley is published by Penguin. RRP $32.99, available now.

When her father falls ill, Willow Patterson is called home from University to take over the running of the family property, Patterson Downs. Running the place has always been her dream, and she has big plans to turn the cattle station to organic and sustainable practice. As she is packing she...

Review: Ache by Eliza Henry-Jones

June 28, 2017 | Ache by Eliza Henry Jones is published by Fourth Estate. Available now RRP $29.99.

The second book from Australian author, Eliza Henry Jones, the haunting ACHE, is an exploration of grief, loss and coping mechanisms related to trauma experienced after a terrible bushfire. A year before the opening lines, Annie’s world fell apart. Her grandmother was killed during a catast...

Review: LaRose by Louise Erdrich

April 23, 2017 | LaRose was nominated for the 2016 National Book Critics Circle Award and the 2016 PEN/Faulkner.

Voluntarily give up your son to the victim's family as atonement for accidentally killing their son...This is the compelling beginning to LaRose, by Louise Erdrich. I don’t think I would have crossed paths with this book unless I had read and enjoyed Commonwealth, by Anne Patchett. (You ca...

Review: Commonwealth by Ann Patchett

March 17, 2017 | Commonwealth is published by Bloomsbury. Available now, RRP $29.99.

In this novel, Commonwealth, we follow the lives of six siblings who are part of a blended family, across a period of 50 years. The story is a slow reveal through the eyes of each of the children, of a single traumatic event that occurred on one blissful holiday in their childhood, and the long-...

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